1st Payment of the New Year goes to…

Hazelwood School (Surrey)

Hazelwood School (Surrey)

 

Hazelwood School (Surrey) – who have been sent £227.53 this month – all thanks to their fab Givers shopping online via TheGivingMachine.

The following are our Top 10 Schools and Top 10 Charities who have also received a payment in this month’s January payment run:- Read more

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Guest Blog: “Trust” by Lucy Findlay, Managing Director, Social Enterprise Mark

Because we are proud to hold the Social Enterprise Mark, we were delighted to have been asked to share an article on “Trust” written by Lucy Findlay (Managing Director of Social Enterprise Mark).

Social Enterprise Mark - link to their website

Social Enterprise Mark – link to their website

Trusting world

What does it take us to trust people? Is it reliability, support on tap or simply showing you care?

Trust means you place your faith, confidence and expectations into someone or something without a second thought. It’s a confidence that strengthens with every interaction you have with a person, organisation or business. Lose it and you may never recover that trust.

And haven’t there been some shocking displays of untrustworthiness in public life recently? Read more

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Announcing the winner of our Golden Hearts campaign

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New York, New York (So Good They Named it Twice)

Thank you to all our lovely givers who shop via TheGivingMachine, to raise free donations to the causes they care about.

Over the Christmas period, as well as raising donations our givers have also been busy decorating their very own digital Christmas tree with lovely baubles.  Each purchase made increased the number in the star on top of the tree, with the giver who had the highest number at the end of the campaign winning 2 x flights to New York.

This campaign ended on the 31st December 2014 and we are delighted to announce that the winner of the flights to New York is Steven who supports 2nd Exeter Scout Group.

Congratulations Steven, a very worthy winner!

As well as our big prize of the flights to New York there were also prizes to be won every week.  To find out the winners of these prizes, please <click here>

 

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Free giving during the New Year sales: the charitable new shopping trend that can boost our mood

The UK loves to shop online – enough to have spent a whopping £91 billion online in 2013. We are expected to spend even more this year, partly thanks to shopping events adopted from the US such as Black Friday and Cyber Monday that have transformed UK retail sales figures.

Boxing Day and the New Year sales are set to be no different. With more than 37% of all online Christmas sales now made on tablets and smartphones*, online shopping is increasing in popularity, particularly when bargains are on offer.

One charity is using this boom to its advantage – by converting the usually hidden commission fees created whenever someone buys online, turning them into cash donations for charitable causes that are chosen by the shopper.

Changing the way we give

TheGivingMachine is one of a small number of similar shopping platforms that enable online shoppers to ‘give for free’ whenever they shop online. Platforms like these are transforming the way people give, giving online shoppers the freedom to choose where their free donation, paid for by the retailer, goes. Over 1,500 shops participate, making it possible to give while doing the weekly supermarket shop at Sainsbury’s or Asda, buying outfits in the sales at ASOS or Boohoo or when buying cut-price appliances from Amazon, Debenhams or John Lewis.

Some retailers participate in donation schemes by giving a small percentage of Christmas card sales to a nominated charity each year. By participating in free giving shopping platforms, retailers are able to support a wider variety of charities all year round. This strengthens the relationship with customers who know that by shopping with a certain retailer, the shop will support a cause the customer cares about.

While some similar online shopping models take a percentage of each donation for profit, TheGivingMachine is the only UK charity and social enterprise and ensures that charities benefit from the highest percentage of each donation.

Giving makes us feel good

While shopping has long been known to give an emotional boost, giving has been proven to release dopamine and serotonin without the guilt we sometimes feel after buying something new. By shopping through platforms that combine shopping and giving into one action, it has the power to boost our mood and make the shopper feel more satisfied as the result of the purchase.

New fundraising techniques for charities

For the 6,800 charities that participate, shopping platforms like TheGivingMachine have opened new and regular forms of funding, like the Cystic Fibrosis Trust has experienced. “We rely on philanthropy to continue our mission which ensures that everyone with cystic fibrosis has access to the best care and treatment possible,” says Carol Hunt, South East Fundraising Manager. “Platforms like these are an easy and regular fundraising channel that is incomparable to other fundraising methods in terms of time intensity and cost. So far TheGivingMachine has generated over £4,000 for us – an amazing sum of money, particularly considering the money costs our supporters nothing to create.”

Richard Morris, CEO of TheGivingMachine wants giving to be possible for everyone through online shopping websites such as his. “Up until now, giving to charity has often depended on whether you can afford it”, says Richard. “By taking away this financial barrier, giving becomes a choice rather than something guilt-based, which benefits charities as well as shoppers.”

Discounts and promotions

Free giving platforms work with retailers to offer special discounts to encourage customers to buy from them. Some upcoming Christmas and New Year promotions with TheGivingMachine include:

  • £15 off when you spend £30 at The Body Shop  – expires 24th December
  • Up to 50% off Home and Fashion at John Lewis, plus free UK furniture delivery – expires 31st December
  • 10% off The North Face products – expires 31st December
  • 30% off La Redoute – expires 31st December
  • 10% off all orders at Flowers Direct – expires 31st December
  • Total of £55 off your first five online grocery shops at Waitrose and £10 off your fifth shop over £100 – expires 9th January 15

For more information on the latest offers and discounts, click here and click on special offers. To find out more about TheGivingMachine, click here.

 

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TheGivingMachine achieves charity status due to its unique ‘giving services’

TheGivingMachine achieves charity status

TheGivingMachine achieves charity status

TheGivingMachine, a not-for-profit social enterprise that creates free cash donations for charities and schools when shoppers buy online, has become a fully licensed charity in its own right after raising almost £1m in donations. It is the first not-for-profit affiliate marketing program that supports charities and schools as an online shopping website, enabling people to give to a variety of charitable and social organisations across the country, for free.

TheGivingMachine exists not just as a fundraising platform, but as an engine to generate giving, connecting companies with customers and good causes. TheGivingMachine’s model enables individuals to unlock funds through a change in behaviour by building giving into their normal everyday routines. Read more

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Reaching £1m in FREE donations for your favourite causes

Golden Hearts campaign

£1million donations Golden Hearts campaign

This Christmas help us generate £1million in free donations to the causes you care about, without it costing you a penny.

When you shop via TheGivingMachine you generate a free cash donation for your chosen causes.  This Christmas you will also generate a golden heart bauble to decorate your digital Christmas tree.  Each week 3 givers who have shopped online will be chosen at random to win a prize and all givers who shop online between Monday 24th November and Wednesday 31st December will be entered into the draw to win a grand prize of tickets to New York for 2!

Prizes for Week 1 (24/11/14- 30/11/14)

Product of your choice up to £200 from UGG – Won by Vivienne who supports Cullompton Pre-School
£100 gift voucher from REISS – Won by Madeleine who supports Waldegrave school for girls
£50 gift voucher from Route One – Won by Trevor who supports St. John’s Holidays for Children Trust

Prizes for Week 2 (01/12/14-07/12/14)

Case of wine from Laithwaites – Won by Jonathan who supports The Wells Cathedral School Foundation
£50 gift voucher from Great Little Trading Company – Won by Julie who supports Cystic Fibrosis Trust,
Anthony Nolan Trust and The Aplastic Anaemia Trust
£50 gift voucher from Kickers – Won by Justine who supports Therfield First School

Prizes for Week 3 (08/12/14-14/12/14)

Samsung Tablet from Viking – Won by Sallie who supports West London Day Centre
The Royal Mint collector sets - Won by Zaina who supports Our Lady of Grace Catholic Infants & Junior School PTA
Festive Wishes bouquet from Bunches – Won by Catherine who supports Diptford Parochial Primary School

Prizes for Week 4 (15/12/14-21/12/14)

Set of perfumes from Laura Ashley – Won by Celia who supports Childline
£100 gift voucher from iDBUS – Won by Michael who supports Society of St Augustine of Canterbury and Supporting Dalit Children
The North Face Vault 24L Daypack from Blacks – Won by Ian who supports Overdale Infant and Junior Schools

Prizes for Week 5 (22/12/14-28/12/14)

Monster iSport headphones from Red Letter Days – Won by Gregory who supports Haslingfield Endowed Primary School
The Royal Mint collector sets – Won by Lawrence who supports 1st Whitstable Scout Group
£50 gift voucher from Kickers – Won by Ruth who supports Rosebank School

Grand Prize

Flights for 2 to New York

Good luck!

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TheGivingMachine launches Golden Hearts Campaign to hit £1m donation mark

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Find out more about TheGivingMachine’s Golden Hearts campaign and join in here!

TheGivingMachine has today launched its ‘Golden Hearts’ competition campaign as it aims to surpass a total of £1 million donations over the Christmas shopping period for causes chosen by its Givers. The Golden Hearts campaign gives online shoppers the chance to win prizes in return for doing their Christmas shopping online through the not-for-profit website, which raises free money for the charitable causes they care about.

From today, anyone who shops through TheGivingMachine or refers a friend during the Christmas shopping period will receive a ‘golden heart’ that will be added to a digital Christmas tree on their account page. Ribbon-wrapped golden hearts will be awarded at random throughout the competition, entitling the user to a ‘Give and Win’ prize from a participating retailer that includes both a prize and a free donation to the winner’s chosen cause. At the end of the competition, a grand prize will be awarded to the person who receives the most hearts during the shopping period. Upcoming prizes include: Read more

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Is Santa’s secret out? Christmas giving unwrapped – TheGivingMachine explores the office tradition we either love or hate

TheGivingMachine's Secret Santa

TheGivingMachine’s Secret Santa- join in today!

It’s the festive office activity that polarises us – discovering the name you have pulled out of the hat belongs to either good old Claire in HR, or the guy in Marketing you’ve said hello to once in the kitchen. Love it or hate it, the Western Christmas tradition known as Secret Santa, where members of a group or community are randomly assigned a person to whom they anonymously give a gift has been an office tradition for the last 30 years.

It is believed that American philanthropist Larry Dean Stewart started the trend, who lived between 1948 and 2007 and made millions through a career in cable TV. To help those in need in the same way he had received help during his life, he anonymously handed out $100 bills over 26 years totalling $1.6 million. At an average amount of £5, the office version of Secret Santa is on a somewhat smaller scale but symbolises the same gift of giving during the season of goodwill. But why do we love to give?

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The power of one click: Hertfordshire charities benefit from boosted fundraising thanks to social enterprise TheGivingMachine

heGivingMachine - helping online shoppers to give for free to causes they care about.

TheGivingMachine – helping online shoppers to give for free to causes they care about.

Charities across Hertfordshire have benefited from over £65,000 thanks to a unique form of fundraising that enables online shoppers to give to charity for free.

Bishops Stortford company, TheGivingMachine, was set up by four Dads in 2007 who wanted to build an affiliate marketing programme to benefit social causes. The not-for-profit site operates by partnering with 1,500 participating retailers who pay a commission in return for sales referrals to their websites. This commission is then donated to up to four local or national charities of the shopper’s choice when a sale is made, making the donation free for the shopper. Over 82,000 Givers have signed up so far, supporting 6,700 UK schools and charities. Read more

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November payments have just been made to 392 schools & charities!

Bridgemeer SchoolTop payment this month went to South Cheshire based Bridgemere CE Primary School - who received £395.31.  (Lovely to see our logo on the school’s website!). Well done to all their Givers who shopped online via TheGivingMachine and gave for free! A BIG THANK YOU to all you wonderful Givers who are helping make a difference to the causes you care about  (isn’t it easy?!) – 1.28 MILLION FREE DONATIONS and counting. See if your school or charity made it into the Top 10?

 

Top 10 payments for November 2014

 

Our thanks must also go to our 1,500+ fab retailers – without whom none of this would be possible! Here are just some of those that help you to give for free…

Just some of the 1,500+ TGM Retailers

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